– On the heals of a recent trip to Israel, Mitt Romney chided a small sector of Israeli society yesterday, collective farms known as kibbutzim. “It’s individuals and their entrepreneurship which have driven America,” Romney said yesterday. “What America is not a collective where we all work in a kibbutz or we all in some little entity, instead it’s individuals pursuing their dreams.”
– A large majority of “security insiders” told the National Journal that they disagreed with Mitt Romney’s claim that a nuclear armed Iran is the world’s greatest threat. “Political leaders and wannabees should exercise rhetorical caution as they paint themselves and the U.S. into unwanted corners. Preventing Iran from nuclear weaponizing is important but not the greatest global threat,” one insider said.
– The Israeli daily Haaretz reported yesterday that Iran’s nuclear enrichment is progressing faster than Western intelligence had initially thought.
– The AP reports: Two gunmen wearing Afghan army uniforms killed a U.S. soldier and wounded two others Tuesday, hours after Afghanistan’s defense minister stepped down following a weekend no-confidence vote in parliament.
– The Obama administration has begun limiting the legal rights of terror suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba, telling a federal judge Tuesday the government alone should decide when the prisoners deserve regular access to their counsel.
– The Egyptian military launched airstrikes in the Sinai Peninsula today following the shooting of 16 Egyptian soldiers near the Israeli/Gaza border on Sunday. Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities began to seal off smuggling tunnels into the Gaza Strip.